Multiple protesters heckled former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on Tuesday while he delivered a speech at New York University’s Stern School of Business.
NYU invited Kissinger, who was celebrating the 45th anniversary of receiving his Nobel Peace Prize Award, as part of a series entitled “In Conversation with Lord Mervyn King.”
Roughly 100 people gathered to protest Kissinger, according to NYU News. Some held signs calling him a “war criminal” while others shouted “rot in hell” and “hey, Kissinger, what do you say? How many kids have you killed today?”
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Kissinger’s Nobel prize has been widely criticized by those who say that he participated in war crimes during the Vietnam war.
Protesters could also be seen holding signs reading “injustice must end” and “you can fight imperialism with violence.”
NYU students, as well as local groups, organized the protest “No War Criminals,” claiming that “Kissinger is regarded as criminal internationally, having formed imperialist policy that caused human rights crises in South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.”
The 27 groups involved in organizing the protest were comprised, in part, of the NYC Democratic Socialists of America, NYU Against Fascism, and the NYU branch of the International Socialist Organization.
The groups penned and signed a letter urging the “NYU community” to reconsider hosting Kissinger.
“Mr. Kissinger has left a legacy of economic devastation, physical destruction, violence, human misery, and death,” the letter states. “His greatest contributions to U.S. history are those of illegal bombing campaigns, failed military threats, direct involvement in coups and support for dictatorships, and the elongation of devastating,